Santorini with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: November 10, 2017

Santorini Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • The brand new Villas at Aria (in Fira) are the most luxurious places to stay in Santorini for families. They’re separate from the hotel suites, each have their own private jacuzzi, and you can still use the large pool at the hotel.
  • Oia is the best town to stay in with very young kids (especially if you need to use a stroller as there’s a long walkway that’s largely flat). Fira is best for kids older than 6 or 7 as there’s just more to do. Fira is also a lot closer to the beaches (e.g. Kamari and Perissa). Imerovigli has the best views of any town, has the best restaurants in Santorini, and is still an easy walk from shopping, nightlife, and activity of Fira.
  • Aria Suites is the best luxury hotel in Fira for families.
  • Agali Houses is the best luxury in Firostefani for families.
  • Astra Suites is the best luxury hotel in Imerovigli for families.
  • Strogili is the best luxury hotel in Oia for families.
  • Good cheap family hotels in Santorini: San Giorgio Villas (Fira) • Merovigliosso Apartments (Imerovigli) • Anemomilos Hotel Apartments (Oia)
  • The best kid-friendly tour is the Santorini 7-Hour Volcano Adventure with Cruise which includes swimming in the volcanic hot springs, hiking the volcano, and touring the incredible caldera. Highly recommended!

The 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels on Santorini

Santorini's best hotel for famililes

The Windmill Suite at Golden Sunset Villas in Oia. (That’s my son on the patio.)

Golden Sunset Villas – Oia

This is one of the most incredible and unique places to stay on Santorini – and kids love it. It’s a converted windmill (pictured above) that you can sleep and stay in. It has 3 levels: small kitchen on the ground floor, queen bed and bathroom on the 2nd, and kids’ bed on the top floor that sleeps 2. Huge deck with incredible sunset views. The one caveat is that the stone steps inside the windmill are a little tricky for young kids and I wouldn’t want to be carrying a baby up and down them. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071001)

Aria Suites – Fira

Great location a short walk from central Fira but down a quiet lane away from the crowds. Nice pool. Views of the caldera but the hotel is located just back from the cliff so it’s one of the few luxury hotels that allows children. The Carmen and Norma suites are the largest and comfortably sleep a family of 5. There’s also the brand new villas that are set off on their own, have great views, and their own private jacuzzis. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)

El Greco Hotel – Fira

Large triple and quad rooms. Multiple swimming pools including kids pool and jacuzzi. Free simple breakfast. Located a little south of central Fira but still a short walk to restaurants and shops of town. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24946)

Kamares Apartments – Fira

Apartments are perfect for a family of 4 or 5. No pool but most apartments have their own private jacuzzi with stunning views of the caldera. 3 minute walk to central Fira. Free breakfast. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 028110)

Caldera Butterfly Villas – Fira

Clean simple rooms with incredible caldera views. The pool is great. Family suites are large, sleep 6+, and have kitchenettes. It’s a 20 minute walk to the center of Fira or take the free shuttle. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 024856)

San Giorgio Villas – Fira

The cheapest hotel with quality family rooms in Fira. Quadruples have 2 twin and 1 full bed. Central Fira is a 2 minute walk away. The bus station is 5 minutes. Phone ahead or email ([email protected]) and they’ll pick you up for free from the port or airport. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 023516)

Agali Houses – Firostefani

Great hotel for families. Large pool has wonderful views of the caldera and rooms are large. Only drawbacks: rooms are nice but lack character; lots of steps up and down. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22811)

Vallas Apartments – Firostefani

Great views, location, and amenities. These are very good value. Both the Two Bedroom House (big) and the Family Suite (bigger) have kitchenettes and sleep 5. It’s an easy 15 minute walk to Fira (coming back is uphill). (Hotel phone: +30 2286 022050)

Astra Suites – Imerovigli

Large family suites at one of the best hotels on Santorini. Beautiful pool and incredible sunset and caldera views. Along with Aria Suites this is probably the most luxurious hotel with caldera views that allows children. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 024763)

Tholos Resort – Imerovigli

Tholos is next door to Astra. Similar but a little cheaper and not quite as luxurious. The Cave Suite has a hot tub and sleeps 6 in a pinch (4 comfortably). Breakfasts are huge and delivered to your patio table. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 022618)

Kasimatis Studios – Imerovigli

A wonderful hotel with nice pool and good views. The Traditional Cave Apartment with Hot Tub is perfect for families and is part of the old winery (there’s still the meter-wide hole in the ceiling where the grapes would be dumped into). It’s both practical and enchanting.(Hotel phone: +30 2286 028848)

Merovigliosso Apartments – Imerovigli

The best budget hotel for families in Imerovigli. Great location and a small pool. The description for the 1-bedroom apartment says it has a caldera view – that’s being very generous but it’s still a great deal. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 025950)

Strogili – Oia

Quiet location with large pool and great views. Traditional Cave Houses are luxurious and sleep families of 4 or 5.

Anemomilos Hotel Apartments – Oia

The best value hotel for families in Oia. There’s a nice pool with a large deck and sun chairs. Shops and restaurants are a 5 minute walk away. There is a 1-bedroom with hot tub and caldera views and the 1-bedroom with sea view (meaning looking the opposite way of the caldera) is a great deal if you’re looking for something cheaper. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071410)

Oia Mansion – Oia

This is a huge and wonderful villa that sleeps 8, has incredible sunset views, a huge rooftop deck, full kitchen, and super friendly owners. The shops and restaurants of Oia are just out the gate but since the property sits above Oia’s lanes and alleys you feel completely removed from the crowds.

Villa Agnadi – near Oia

This is a great value hotel. Wonderful pool, huge rooms, free breakfast. It’s an easy and enjoyable 20 minute walk (once you find the path) along the caldera to central Oia. The bus (to both Oia and Fira) stops directly opposite hotel. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071647)

Tamarix Del Mar Suites – Kamari

Large pool and huge beautiful 2-level apartments (Maisonettes). Short walk to beach and tons of restaurants.

Smaragdi Hotel – Perissa

Great pool. Convenient location near Perissa beach which has the nicest sand of any Santorini beach and lots of places to eat, drink, and get ice cream. Split level apartments have 2 single beds and a double bed. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 82701)

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84 Questions and Comments

  1. Hotel in Fira with Pool

    Hi, amazed to see the amount of quality information on this blog. Me and my 6 year daughter planning to spend 4-5 days in Santorini during October half term, this year. Will the weather be ok? Don’t need a large room, as it’s just 2 of us, would love a private pool and a view, where they would allow kids, Fira sounds like a great place, as is close to restaurants etc.
    Any recommendations?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Aria Suites is the most family-friendly hotel with both pool and caldera views in Fira. Weather in early October should be warm and beautiful but not hot.

  2. When To Book Santorini Hotel for Family of 4

    Hi there,
    We are travelling to Santorini with two boys aged 11 and 14 in July 2018. I can book the Princess Spa hotel now or wait until August to see if the Aria or Astra Suites have availability. How do these hotels compare?

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If you can cancel for free then book Princess Spa now and keep an eye open for Aria and Astra. The big difference between the 3 is location. The Princess Spa is on a stretch of caldera with little around it (about a 20 minute walk to Imerovigli). Astra is in the sleepy town of Imerovigli (a handful of great restaurants but few shops or shopping). Aria is in Fira (lively with lots of shopping). The boys would probably prefer Fira.

  3. Family of 4 Holiday to Greek Islands

    Hi David, I am planning a late trip to Greeks isles late June/early July for 8 nights with my wife and 2 kids (9 and 7).. we are looking at Santorini for 2 nights and Mykonos for 6 nights. We have booked Aria Suites in Santorini and looking at Saint John in Mykonos. The hotels in Platos Gialos which you seem to recommend are heavily booked and/or very expensive now.
    Would you recommend staying in Saint John which seems to have private beach and good facilities for kids ? We want to be close to beach and have quality rooms/facilities

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Aria Suites is wonderful for a family, so good choice. Saint John Resort in Mykonos is very nice but not without some caveats: beach is small and not nearly as nice as Ornos or Platys Gialos beach, some tavernas nearby but not a lot of choice, a little isolated from the other beaches and Mykonos Town, most rooms are several levels above the beach so you’re not walking out your room and straight into the water. Renting a car makes seeing the rest of the island much easier if staying out here.

  4. Re: What Islands for Family of 3

    Thank you for the route recommendation! That’s very helpful. We originally weren’t going to do an actual stop in Rome but with your recommended itinerary we now plan on buying a multi city trip with a LAX to Athens then a Rome to LAX and buy a separate one way trip from Santorini to Rome with the last part of our trip being a 3 day Rome trip. Would you recommend against that? With that added itinerary, would you recommend splitting Naxos and Santorini and just doing a day trip to Mykonos or is Mykonos worth a 3 day trip. Also, do you recommend doing 3 nights in Fira and 2 in Oia if we want to stay there for longer or do you think moving around would be too much with our 5 year old. Lastly, what are your thoughts on the Anteliz Suites in Fira. I didn’t see them on your site but maybe I missed it. Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      A stop in Rome sounds great. And splitting time between Fira and Oia is also a good idea. Anteliz Suites are very nice. Two caveats: lots of walk-by traffic with people looking into the pool area. And not actually located in Fira. It’s up a steep hill from Fira on the footpath’s route to Firostefani. Climbing hills is all part of being in Santorini but be prepared for a pretty good climb every time you return to your hotel from the shops and restaurants of Fira.

  5. What Islands for Family of 3

    Hi there, your site is amazing! Thank you for putting in the time to support all of us with such knowledgeable content! My significant other and I are planning our first Greece trip with our 5 year old daughter. She is pretty socially mature and vacations well. We are planning on being there for 13 days (potentially 15) and wanted to know your opinion on how many days should we spend in the different areas. We like to do a combination of spending time at the beach/pool, relaxing, some sightseeing and eating great food. I was thinking of the combo: Athens 2 days, Santorini 4 days, Mykonos 3 days, Naxos 4 days. We are flying in from Los Angeles with a stopover in Rome so not sure if we should spend more time in Athens since we’ll be in a 16 hour flight prior to and not go to Naxos. I also don’t want to feel like we just keep moving around. Wondering what your thoughts are on Crete and if it is better to see than Mykonos or Naxos. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much!!!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I think that’s a perfect itinerary – a good mix and not too much moving about. Adding Crete would change your plans a lot and probably not worth the effort (not that Crete isn’t wonderful, it is, but so are Naxos and Mykonos and they’re much easier to get to given your route). Not sure if you’ve booked all your travel yet but I would recommend doing something like:
      -fly Rome to Athens
      -ferry Athens to Mykonos
      -ferry Mykonos to Naxos
      -ferry Naxos to Santorini
      -fly Santorini to Rome

      Or could do in the opposite direction as well.

  6. Katikies or Perivolas with Kids

    Santorini Dave,
    I posted a comment on your other blog, but maybe this is a more appropriate spot, given we are traveling as a family…Hello! My husband and I are traveling in late September – early October with our 4 young children (age 8, 6, 4, 1) to celebrate my 40th birthday. We are considering one night Athens, 3-6 days in Naxos, 3 nights Santorini, 5-7 nights Crete. Is this itinerary advisable?

    Also, in Santorini, we plan to splurge on Katikies or Perivolas if either is available. It’s a big splurge. Do you recommend one over the other for young kids? Are there restrictions you know of? I have always wanted to stay at one of these two hotels. Any other insights or recommendations in Oia that we should strongly consider, and that would be comparable to these two?

    Also adding after some reasearch…I notice Perivolas (which we are leaning toward) is glaringly missing from your list. On their room descriptions, it says, “Children are not encouraged.” Every room says it. This is a big birthday for me, I have always wanted to stay at one of these two hotels. It is late in the season and they appear to still have pretty open availability at this time. Think they will be ok with our crew?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Neither Katikies or Perivolas will allow young kids. With an email you might get away with 10 or 12 year olds, but there’s no way you’ll get accepted with a 4 and 1 year old. Astra and Aria Suites are the most luxurious hotels with caldera views that allow children.

  7. Buying Diapers on the Greek Islands

    Are there baby diapers available for purchase on Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes. The grocery store in Fira (as you head south out of town) has the most baby supplies. Here’s what they have in the way of diapers.

  8. Aria Fully Booked for June – Aressana Hotel

    I am planning a 4 night trip to Santorini. After reading your blog, i got interested on Aria Suites, but when I checked availability, it was already full for June. Me and my husband and our 7 year old daughter are going in this trip. Our choice is Aressana. Is this a good hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Aressana is very nice but does not have any caldera view. If you’re not committed to a view hotel then El Greco is more kid-friendly than Aressana. The tradeoff is that it’s a 10 minute walk outside of Fira whereas Aressana is right in heart of the town. I personally, would go with Aressana but it is a bit more boutiquish.

  9. Santorini Hotel with 3 Year Old

    Your blog is great and extremely informative.
    My husband and I along with our 3 year old will be in Santorini in May first week.
    With a kid, I’m quite confused about my choice of hotels.
    After reading your reply in Q&A I found Strogili in Oia quite good. Is the location and resort convenient with a kid?
    My other options were:
    Aressana Resorts and Suites in Fira.
    Agali Houses.
    I liked Astra Suites too, but would prefer a place where I spend Eur 700 for 3 nights.
    Can you please guide or suggest any other options.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Of the 3 hotels you’re looking at Strogili and Agali are the most kid-friendly (Astra is great too, but yes it’s more expensive). With Strogili you’re a little outside of Oia. It’s a nice walk from the hotel to the shops and restaurants but at one point you have to walk along a busy-ish road for 90 seconds. Not a deal breaker but it is a bit of a hassle. With Agali you’ll have lots of stairs to climb each time you leave the hotel.

  10. Santorini Hotel for Family of 5 with Caldera View and Pool

    We will be traveling to Santorini in July 2017 for 3 nights. We are 2 adults and 3 children, ages 7,9,11.
    We would like a caldera view and a pool. What do you recommend?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Great choices: Strogili in Oia (apartment is short walk from pool), Tholos in Imerovigli (villa is expensive but you get your own private plunge pool), and Aria Suites in Fira (large suites but not right on the edge of the caldera – back a little but still has views).

  11. Baby-Friendly Hotel and Beach


    We are planning a 3 week trip to England for a family members wedding from the US July 2017. We will have our 6 month old with us and this will be our first vacation as parents. I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini and would love to spend 5 or 6 nights in Greece. I like the Astra Suites and would definitely book there for Santorini. Instead of staying in Santorini the entire time, I think it would be nice to go to a beach, baby friendly, luxury hotel. Where would you suggest that would be easy to get to? We really love luxury and good food!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Astra is wonderful so good choice. For a beach hotel do the Ios Palace Hotel on Mylopotas beach in Ios – easy to get to from Santorini (short ferry ride), beautiful beach, pools, and good restaurants both near the beach and a short bus ride away in the Chora.

  12. Oia Hotel with Kids and Pool

    I am planning a trip with 8 year old and 10 year old. I think I prefer Oia. I like the Strogili Traditional Houses as they are on caldera and have rooms with kitchenette. What is your opinion with kids this age? Is it too far from town. Other choice we were considering were the villas at the Anenomilos Apartments as they are on the caldera but still have access to the swimming pool and have kitchenette. Any other places you suggest that are friendly to kids this age and with pool and caldera view?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Here is a picture where you can see Anemomilos and Strogili pools. The pool at Anemomilos is on the left (#1). It doesn’t have caldera views (the views you see on the website are looking east – fine but not what makes Oia so special). The rooms at Anemomilos are mainly in that large building beside the pool but there are also a few suites and villas (some with caldera view) up the street (around #4). The Strogili pool is the one almost in the center of the photo (#2). It does have caldera views but the pool doesn’t sit right on the caldera’s edge – it’s back just a little and across a footpath from the cliff. The reception at Strogili is along the path a short distance (#3) and the suites are down the stairs to the left of that little building. Central Oia is along the road (towards #4) just beyond the point visible in the photo the footpath ends and you need to walk on the road for about 100meters before rejoining the road. It’s not a big deal but a little bit of a pain to have to deal with the traffic while on foot (and more so with kids). That said, the distance to town is short and I wouldn’t worry about that – good for everyone and beautiful views the whole way. Hope that helps.
      Kid-friendly hotels in Oia with pool.

  13. Oia Infinity Pool with Young Child

    Hello. Question, I’m planning a trip to santorini in early June 2016. It will be myself, husband, and 11 month old. I am in love with the view of Oia village (you know the white and blue domes)! Anyway, I’m trying to find a luxury hotel in oia with an infinity pool and great view of Oia village, but am having trouble finding a place that allows infants. Any advice would be much appreciated. I could spend up to 250 euro a night, maybe 300 euro if it’s perfect !

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There are not a lot of infinity pools in Oia, few that allow kids, and almost none that are less than 300 euro. The closest you’ll get is Strogili and Delfini Villas – both very nice but not exactly what you’re looking for.

  14. Luxury Hotels with Kids in Greece

    Hi – love your blog. I have a six and a four yr old and we’re looking to go to at the end of June beginning of July from Amsterdam. We’re open to any islands however I would like luxury accommodations that are kid friendly. Can you give me a recommendation on which islands would be best for us and what hotels?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The best luxury hotels for families on the Greek islands are the Nissaki Beach in Naxos, Ios Palace on Ios, the Astra and Aria Suites on Santorini, and the Petinos Beach Resort on Mykonos. All have large suites, nice pools, and great locations.

  15. Santorini with a Two Year Old

    Just want to thank you for your information. All the comments have really helped us plan our trip and book the hotels! Travelling with 2 year old, can’t wait to see Santorini!


  16. Greece with Teens

    Hi, your blog and tips are great! Thank you. This is our first time to Greece and we have two teenage kids. We’ve heard Greece is great with teens because of history and plenty of down time/beach time. We were thinking of a few days in Santorini to relax. We were looking at Oia in Santorini – but are there hotels or apartments that are both walking distance to the town and the beach? Any recommendations?

    Also, any thoughts on this 10 day itinerary: 2 or 3 days in Athens, rest of time in Santorini for a little culture and plenty of relaxing OR would you recommend one other island for relaxing in addition to Santorini? Thanks!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Oia is not close to the beach (it’s a 20/30 minute drive to the main beach resorts) so no, there are no hotels walking distance to both town and the beach. Oia is walking distance to a great swimming spot just beyond Amoudi Bay but this is jumping off rocks and paths into the ocean, not a beach.

      For 10 days in Greece I would recommend 1 or 2 days in Athens, 4/5 days in Naxos (great beaches), and 4 days in Santorini.

      1. Jennifer

        Thank you!

  17. Hotel back from Caldera with Young Child

    Hi David – Love your blog. We are visiting Santorini this May but are in a bit of a pickle. We have a young child (3 years old) and a limited budget (<$250 / night). We would like to stay close enough to the caldera to have a view from the room, but not so close as to constantly worry about where the kid is. I also understand that most of the hotels near the caldera won't even allow any young children to stay. Can you please make a recommendation as to potential good hotels to stay at the top of our budget? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      El Greco is a short walk outside of Fira. It is on the opposite side of the road from the caldera and has lots of space and nice pools for kids. It should have comfortable rooms for your budget.

  18. Cruises of Greece with Kids

    I have a question – I am traveling with a friend and we both have 2 children both over 7. We were thinking of doing a cruise to include Greece and Turkey this summer – would you suggest otherwise?

    It looks like Naxos is kid friendly and not sure that is one visited on the cruise.

    We are traveling from San Francisco airport so trying to see a good bit but keep costs reasonable.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Glenda Grant

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Cruises are not a good way to see the Greek Islands. You don’t get long on each island. When you do visit you’re in a pack of tourists from the cruise ship. You don’t (usually) stay on the island for the night – the towns and villages really come alive at night and by then the cruise passengers are long gone. The food in Greece (and Turkey) is one of the highlights of a visit but when you’re on a cruise you’ll be eating half or more of your meals on the ship (and the food will be average at best, and quite possibly terrible).

      Naxos is a wonderful island, but you’re right, not a common cruise ship stop.

  19. Santorini Hotel with Baby

    Hi David,

    Great blog! We are getting married in Santorini in September and are looking for somewhere to stay with our baby who will be 1 years old by then. Can you recommend somewhere for us to stay (area/hotel etc) which is baby friendly and doesn’t have steep steps to get to?

    Thanks 🙂


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Aria Suites is great for families with babies. The hotel is on one level (suites surround a beautiful pool). Nice views but not right on the caldera and not many steps to access. There’s parking nearby (once again, without stairs to get in and out). Shops and restaurants are an easy 3 minute walk away.

  20. Hotel with Infinity Pool in Santorini that Allows Kids

    Are there any luxury hotels with infinity pools with caldera view that allow kids that are 3 and 1? Thank you!!!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Try Tholos and Astra in Imerovigli.

  21. Greek Islands for Family of 4 with Teenagers

    Hi David,
    Which islands would you recommend for a family with two teenage daughters (15 and 18) for three days?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Santorini and either Ios, Paros, or Naxos. Can’t go wrong with any island though. They’re all great.

  22. Pantheon Villas with Young Child

    Hi Dave
    Great blog! We are visiting Santorini with our one year old son next week and staying at Pantheon Villas at Imerovigli – too late to change but is it a decent place to stay?
    Secondly do you thin it is possible to walk from Imerovigli to oia or any part of it with the baby in a sling or a light pram?
    Kind regards

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Pantheon is a nice hotel about a 25 minute walk north of Imerovigli. I doubt a light pram would do well going into Imerovigli, a jogger stroller maybe (make sure it has an industrial strenght strap going around your wrist), a sling would be better. A Bjorn-style carrier would be best. Going to Oia (the other direction) has more challenging parts and a stroller would have no chance of making it. It would be a long walk with a baby carrier but doable.

  23. Hike from Fira to Oia with Kids

    Wow – great blog – already took many tips from your Paris blog and now checking this one out. We will be doing a quick Greece trip next March with really only 4 days in Greece, but this Mama MUST go to Santorini! Kids will be almost 6 & almost 8 and we are planning to take a daytrip arriving by plane in Santorini at 6:15am and leaving around 8pm. How feasible do you think hiking from Thira to Oia would be for a 6 & 8-yr-old? Should we get transport to somewhere along the way and do an abbreviated hike? Any other recommendations for those specific ages and only a day trip? I mostly just need some photos of the great views! 😀 Thanks!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The entire walk would be doable but probably too much. I’d take a bus or taxi to just north of Imerovigli (ask for the Santorini Princess hotel) There are great views from that spot and just north of it. After you’ve wandered around the immediate area turn around and head south. There will be a short hill heading back into Imerovigli but from Imerovigli onwards it’s all downhill back to Fira. If you go the other way it’s a lot of uphill and pretty taxing.

  24. Ferries in September

    Hi David,

    Thank you for the very useful website.
    My husband and I with our 2 year old son will be travelling to Greece late September. Could you please provide suggestions with our below itinerary –

    Travel dates – 18th to 28th September

    Arrive in Athens. Spend a couple of nights
    Ferry to Naxos, Spend 3 nights. Do day trips to Paxos and Antiparos
    Ferry to Santorini. Spend 2 nights
    Fly to Turkey. Spend 3 nights

    Will ferries be available during late September?
    Thank you in advance


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, there are still many ferries on those routes in September. You will have to fly via Athens to get from Santorini to Turkey.

  25. Santorini with a Stroller


    Thank you for the information.
    I am travelling to Santorini in July and have a 7 month old baby. Can you walk from Imerovigili to Fira with a pram? I am debating as to take it or not but worry she is too heavy to carry in a sling. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      No. The path from Fira to Imerovigli is steep (in parts), bumpy, and has many steps.

  26. Luxury Santorini Hotel for a Family of 4

    Hi Dave,

    Great site. Hope you can help us.

    We will be in Santorini from Aug 2 – Aug 6. We have 2 kids aged 3 & 8. Majority of the hotels that are 5 star and that we like are either booked or don’t allow children. Can you suggest something in the USD $700 per night range as thats our budget. Wanted to be in Fira or Oia or Firostefani, but most of the hotels that are now available are in Imerovigli. Have you heard of Athina Luxury Suites or Asma Suites?

    Could you please guide as to where to stay in Santorini on our dates?

    Thanks much

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      My favorites are Norma Suite at Aria Suites in Fira and the family rooms at Astra Suites in Imerovigli. (No idea if they’re available for your dates.) Both Athina and Asma are in Fira with good views and central locations.

  27. Astra Suites or Anema Residence

    My husband and I (with our 6 month old daughter) are planning a trip to Greece with friends in July this year and, as to our 4 night stay in Santorini, I’m torn between whether to stay at the place you mentioned (Anema Residence) or (Astra Suites in Imerovigli- which is also listed as being child friendly). Our friends will be staying in Fira, which is closer to Astra Suites, but the accommodation there doesn’t include a car and is still 2/3 km away. Any thoughts would be sincerely appreciated!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Astra Suites is a far nicer hotel and that would be my choice. The walk from Astra to Fira is beautiful though could be challenging with a 6 month old (definitely not stroller friendly). The buses between Imerovigli and Fira are often and easy to catch.

  28. Santorini and Mykonos with a Toddler/Renting a Car

    Hi! Thank you so much for all the great info!
    We are traveling with our 1.5 year old son to Greece in May – we have a pretty jammed schedule to see Mykonos and Santorini. I have always wanted to go and we have the opportunity to in May so we wanted to see as much as we could. Would you recommend renting a car? I didn’t think it made sense at first but we are trying to do as much as we possibly can on each island?
    Any great highlights you can suggest in Mykonos and Santorini- we only have 2.5 days in each place . Thanks so much!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, renting a car is a great time saver when you have only a few days. Especially in Santorini as there is stuff in each corner of the island that is wonderful. Fira is the hub for bus routes so you always have to return to Fira to get a bus to a different area of the island. If you’re staying in Oia this is doubly important. In Mykonos it’s less of a time saver but you might still want to do it for one of your days. Highlights in Santorini are the hike from Fira to Oia, Oia (or Imerovigli) sunset, Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera. In Mykonos it’s the beaches and Mykonos Town (both day and night), and maybe a day trip to Delos.

  29. Kid-friendly Hotel on Santorini with Pool

    We are looking for a kid-friendly hotel with a good pool. It doesn’t need to have a caldera view but does need a large kid-friendly pool. We do want to stay within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of the towns near the caldera. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      El Greco has a very nice pool and though not right in Fira is a short walk to town. The hotels with views of the caldera usually have smaller pools (and not great for kids). The pool at El Greco is a good size and good for children.

  30. Greek Islands with Young Kids

    Thanks for the wonderful blog, David – super helpful! Planning a trip with my 1.5 yr old and 3 yr old in early September. The plan is 2 days in Athens, 2 in Santorini and 3 in Mykonos. But I’ve been reading that both Santorini and Mykonos are not kid friendly.. What do you recommend? Like others, I don’t want to go all the way to Greece and not see beautiful Santorini!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would stick with Santorini but switch Naxos for Mykonos. It has a great kid-friendly beach near the main town (Naxos Town) and a family-friendly vibe. It’s also much quicker and easier to get to from Santorini than Mykonos is.

  31. Good Town for Family of 6

    Hello David, thank you in advance for your help. You have great information on your blog!
    We are a family of 6 (4 kids ages ranging from 16-8) we are planning our trip to Athens and Santorini in Early June.
    We are looking for some villages/family hotels in Santorini. We found some nice ones in Akrotiri (Rodakas Family Hotel and Akrotiri Dreams) and in Megalochori (Aegagros Caldera) . Are these towns ok? Do they have restaurants and things to do? We were thinking about renting a car to see the island.
    Also, in Athens, should we look for a place in Plaka or you recommend something else? We are staying 3 days in both places.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Laura Paz

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Megalochori (more central) and Akrotiri (more restaurants) are OK towns but not the highlights of Santorini. Most people like to stay in the main caldera towns connected by a footpath (Fira, Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli) or at the beach (Kamari, Perissa). Even among the quiet non-touristy towns these aren’t the most enchanting (that would be Pyrgos) so I can’t say I’d recommend these towns. But they’re not terrible by any means. If you rent a car it’s easy to get around the island and see everything so they could make a great base for exploring Santorini.

      In Athens, yes, the Plaka (or nearby Monastiraki) neighborhood is the best spot. Read best hotels in Athens for more info.

  32. Best Island for Family of 4

    Hi. I’m going to visit Greece with my family (5 & 8 years old kids) now in mid march. I’m planning to stay most of the days in Athens but I was thinking about spending 3 days in an island. Would you recomend one? I know is not the best season but… What kind of weather should I expect? Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos is my favorite island for kids and families but in March (when you won’t be able to swim or hit the beach) Santorini is a good choice as there’s still stuff do and more restaurants and shops open. Weather in March can be nice (warm through the day, cool at night) but be prepared for anything (coldish weather, rain).

  33. Greece for Family of 5

    We are going to the Greek islands in June for 7-10 days. We have 3 children (7,9 and 13). My daughter (13) is very keen to see Santorini, would it be best to do a day trip there or stay for a couple of nights? which other islands do you recommend seeing? I have been to Paros, Naxos and IOS as a single 20 year old so this holiday will be somewhat different and I am keen to go to islands I haven’t visited.
    It looks like Crete would be good.Help, so much choice!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Day trips are not easy to coordinate to Santorini so definitely stay for a few nights. Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Antiparos are all great for families. Crete too – though because of it’s size it requires at least a week to get around, so perhaps not the best choice for this trip.

  34. Reasonably Priced Santorini Hotel for Family of 4

    Hi, We are going for a family wedding late August-early Sept for 9 nights with my 4 and 5 year olds. Just wondering some good, reasonably priced accomodation. We would prefer 2 rooms. Other question I have is what are the laws regarding car seats? Do children legally have to have them?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Agnadi Villas is a hotel in Oia I often recommend for families. It has some suites with lofts and separate rooms. It has a great pool. It’s outside of Oia (but still within walking distance). Free breakfast and directly across from a bus stop. Parking is easy here unlike in Oia.

      I believe kids do need to use car seats but it is not enforced – man Greeks do not have their kids in car seats. Many car rentals will have car seats but you should contact them in advance to reserve one or bring your own if needed.

  35. Day Trip to Mykonos from Santorini

    Hi there, is it possible to do a daytrip from Mykonos to Santorini, researching a bit tells me it’s difficult but the research I’ve found is old info.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos and Paros does have a day trip service to Santorini, but Mykonos currently does not. It’s a little too far to make a day trip practical. Though, you can always charter a private boat to do the trip. Not cheap but not outrageously expensive either.

  36. Where To Stay on Santorini with Teenager

    l’m planning 4 nights in Santorini. We’ve booked 3 nights in Mykonos and then in Crete after Santorini. The problem is that l do not know where to stay. I want the view but l also want to see the buildings with the blue domes. Where to stay? Thira. Firostefani or Oia. My 14 year old daughter is the photographic enthusiast and l want the infinity pool but don’t have the budget….

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Imerovigli will have the best sunsets.

      Other than that not sure what to suggest. Santorini is expensive. The beaches on the opposite side from the caldera have the cheapest hotels but, of course, they’re a distance from the main towns and views.

      The best website for finding hotel deals is

      Wish I could be more help.

  37. How Long on Santorini with Kids

    Hi David, thanks for such awesome information here! My family and I are travelling to Greece (from Australia) in late June/July with twin 4 year old boys, our main stay is Mykonos for a wedding, we are staying there for 5 nights at the Mykonos Palace. However after Mykonos we are thinking of visiting Santorini and Naxos or Paros, how many days do you recommend and do you think we’ll be fine without car hire in Santorini? Also do you know much about Corfu and Zakinthos with kids?
    Thanks heaps


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos and Paros are great for families. I would spend two nights in Santorini and the rest on Naxos or Paros. Santorini without a rental car is very doable. The buses are great. A couple sites (and wineries) are hard to get to without a car but you could certainly keep busy for 2 or 3 days just using the bus. Corfu and Zakynthos are great for kids (every Greek island is kid-friendly really) but they’re a long way from Naxos, Paros, and Santorini so not sure how you could easily swing a visit. You’d have to fly (via Athens) and that would take a full day of travel. Hope that helps.

  38. Santorini with 1.5 Year Old

    Hi David!

    My husband and my 1 1/2 year old son are planning on visiting Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos in May. We will be in Santorini for just a couple nights, then move on to Naxos for a longer stay, since it sounds great for kids. I have found a few family-friendly hotels in Oia that allow young children, and I am very tempted to stay there because of all the great things I’ve heard about the charming town, views, etc. Do you think it would be crazy to stay in Oia with a toddler with the caldera and cliffs so nearby? Is it actually dangerous for kiddies? Can we navigate the streets of Oia with a MacClaren stroller (we don’t mind carrying it up/down stairs) or would you recommend a backpack?

    thanks for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In general, it’s difficult in Santorini with a stroller. I hear from several parents that they took a stroller to Santorini and then hardly used it. The streets of Fira are not stroller friendly. Oia is a little better. The beaches (Kamari, Perissa, etc) are fairly flat and OK for a stroller. For getting down to the small port below Oia (I think it’s 210 steps) the stroller would be pointless. For around the town of Oia it’s possible that it could be useful as there aren’t that many steps and there are some stretches where you could go for a walk and not have a problem. On Naxos and Mykonos a stroller should be fine but it’s still not going to be like pushing around the streets of Vancouver or Seattle. Sidewalks are not perfectly flat and nicely finished. It’s a tossup. And with island hopping like you are lugging a stroller will be a hassle on traveling days. I’d probably leave it behind.

      Hope that helps.

  39. Santorini for Family of 3

    First, thank you for the information you gave, very useful! We booked 2 weeks in August at hotel ‘Bellonias Villas’. Would you have any other suggestion of activity that could suit a 6-years old boy? We already planned to do the Water Park. We’d like also to visit (day trip) 2 other islands (Naxos and Paros) in case ferry isn’t that hard to reach from the Hotel.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I think that’s a good choice of hotel and wise to stay at the beach. Doing a tour might be a good idea – both Akrotiri and the boat tour around the caldera and out to the volcano might work. The half-day tours would probably be best for a 6 year old. I’d think about doing an overnight trip to Naxos. Go early in the morning and return the next day. Leave your big luggage at your hotel and pack a small overnight bag. Of course, you’d be double-spending for one night on hotel but I’m sure it would be worth it and 2 days will allow you much more time than the 5 or 6 hours a day trip would allow. (Naxos has a little more to see than Paros – though both are great.) Good luck.

  40. Santorini Hotel for Family of 3

    hi there,
    Travelling to Santorini in July for a wedding with our 1 yr old daughter. Any recommendations on accommodation? We don’t mind which area as I guess we’ll need to hire a car. Would really like a place with a separate bedroom (2 would be great!) and full kitchen facilities and a swimming pool in the complex.
    Any suggestions most welcome, thanks Jo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Jo.

      Astra Suites are beautiful, have kitchenettes, and an outdoor pool.

      Hope that helps.

  41. Family Holiday to Santorini and Greek Islands

    Definitely a good idea to fly to Santorini to save time. Paros and Naxos have indeed the best bceahes in the Cyclades.Paros is a typical calm cycladic island, the town is picturesque, you can have a walk there and visit the early-Christian church of Katapoliani (in the town). I recommend that if you have limited time to spend.Naxos on the other hand is a big mountainous island. It has some amazing monuments, like the giant unfinished sculptures left on the quarries at Apollon and Melanes, medieval towers like Fotodotis and Timios Stavros or Panaghia Ypsilotera at Eggares, the temple of Dimitra at Sagri, the big door of the ancient temple right next to the port (remember to see that even from the ferry, as you pass by on your way to Paros), etc., and beautiful bceahes(Pyrgaki, Agiassos and others), but be warned: you need a car and time to visit all these, and drive a lot on winding roads. If you want a relaxing short trip, go to Paros.

  42. Santorini with Young Child in September

    We are planning our first trip to Greece in mid-September. I have always dreamed of going to Santorini, but worry that it may not be the easiest/best place to take our daughter who will be just short of a year old. I’m now considering Naxos or Paros, but really don’t want to get all the way to Greece (not sure if/when we will make it back) and not see Santorini.

    Right now our very loose plan is to get to greece and head straight for an island, stay on the island for 4 or 5 days then spend 2 or 3 days in athens.

    what island might be best for a one year old? Would we be able to pull of Santorni? Should we head over to Naxos or Paros and just do a day trip to santorini? Do you happen to know if there are still ferries that run between naxos and paros in mid to late september? And how long those ferries might take?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Shannon. You know, Santorini isn’t quite as kid friendly as some of the other islands, but in this case — with a 1 year old — I can’t see it making a huge difference. Naxos is my favorite island for families but since 1 year olds don’t have the same demands and interests as a 6 year old I’m sure you’ll do fine. I will say the beaches can be very hot on Santorini, since they’re black sand beaches, so that’s one area where Naxos, Paros, or even Mykonos would have some better choices. But once again, how much time will you spend at the beach with your daughter? Hard to say I suppose. Not sure if you have more kids in your future, but perhaps this is a good chance to see Santorini with one easy-to-please youngster instead of 2 or 3 kids romping around.

      Ferries in Greece are always hard to plan and arrange for, and doublely so with the charter/sightseeing ones. I would guess that day trips from Naxos and Paros to Santorini should still be running in late September but it’s not a certainty. The ferries are about 2 hours from Naxos or Paros, depending a bit on which island you’re coming from. (It’s the same boat that does the trip from both islands.) Good luck.

      Good luck.

  43. Santorini for Family of 4

    We did Santorini with our 2 kids. It was good but … yes, agree there are better places for a family trip. We did 2 nights and really splurged on a luxury hotel (well above our usual price range). It had a small swimming pool which made all the difference. Did the water park. That was worth an afternoon. Took the ferry to Paros (3 nights) and Mykonos (4 nigths) – did a tour to Delos (not sure whether to recommend that one for the kids, 1 thumb up, 1 thumb down). I read on one of your posts that you really liked Athens, or someone really liked it. We did too. We got there 2 days early because we were so worried about missing our flight due to a ferry delay but then our flight was canceled and we were pushed back a day so we had 3 nights in Athens. As I say, it was great. We wre really surprised. The Acropolis was nice. Great views. Kept very busy. Did a half day tour that the whole family enjoyed. We had a very entertaining guide that was fabulous with the kiddos.


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